Archive for Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Lions club, city to offer community health fair

November 6, 2012

For the second year in a row, the Shawnee Lions Club and city of Shawnee are partnering to offer a free community health fair.

The event, called Eyes on Health, will take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, on the lower level of the Shawnee Civic Centre, 13817 Johnson Drive.

The sponsors are anticipating participation by upward of 50 health care and public safety providers, who will staff booths offering information on the resources they provide.

“People normally don’t know what resources are available until they actually need them,” said Charles Jean Baptiste, president of the Shawnee Lions Club.

Eyes on Health seeks to change that by offering a comprehensive look at health and safety services available in the Shawnee community and across the metropolitan area, he added.

Entities staffing booths will include the Johnson County Mental Health Center, Shawnee Mission Medial Center, doctors and nurses, disease prevention experts, organ donation registries, services for the disabled, and agencies that help the needy. There also will be information on several area senior citizens facilities and other housing-related resources, said JoAnn Mayo, secretary of the Shawnee Lions.

The Shawnee police and fire departments will be present to inform attendees about local public safety services, Jean Baptiste added, and the Masonic Child Identification Program will provide free kits to aid in the identification and recovery of missing children.

The health fair also will feature several free mobile screening services offered by the Kansas Lions, according to Carleen Rajala, membership chairman for the Shawnee Lions.

The PediaVision screening program can identify nearsightedness and farsightedness in children as young as 6 months old, Rajala said. It can also determine the potential for astigmatism, amblyopia (“lazy eye”) and other sight disorders, allowing early intervention to take place.

In addition to PediaVision, there will be screenings to measure visual acuity, peripheral vision, hearing, blood pressure and blood sugar levels.

Exhibitors also will include vendors charging for flu shots and various other items and services, Mayo said. They will be asked to make a $25 donation to the Shawnee Lions Club to cover health fair costs and purchase eyeglasses for those in need.

In addition, the Lions will be collecting used eyeglasses and hearing aids during the health fair, and local Cub Scout packs 3451 and 3351 will be collecting canned goods for distribution to the needy by Shawnee Community Services.

For more information about the health fair or to reserve booth space, persons may call Jean Baptiste at 913-588-1338 or Mayo at 913-268-8277.

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